Beer Cats 44 (currently only available as a PDF)
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Just the FAQs, ma'am
I'm confused. What is this "Beer Cats' ?3
To be brief: Beer Cat Scratchings, or Beer Cats, as it is sometimes known, is a perzine4, which I used to write monthly for the 'Ton, but now is a bit more infrequent.
I knew I should have kept my mouth shut. What's a 'perzine' when it's at home. What's the 'Ton?
A perzine is a personal fanzine. In other words, I get to write about anything I feel like at the time, although I generally stick to things that are vaguely related to Science Fiction (in all its forms). The 'Ton is the name given to the informal get together of all those interested in Science Fiction in the London area. It always takes place on the first thursday of every month.
Hmm. Every answer gives rise to more questions. Why is it called the 'Ton? Where is it?
In the early days, there may have been a formal London SF group. Since then, it is a loose association of people with a common interest. This means that, unlike many other clubs or societies, it doesn't cost anything7, and there is also no committee to get in your way. However, even a loose group needs a place to meet, so a pub called the One Tun was chosen. Or it may have been The Three Tuns. For various reasons, this venue wasn't suitable, so, for a long time, The Duke of Wellington , near Waterloo station, was the meeting place. It was still the place when it became the Wellington Tavern., and the 'Ton (or "Welly") had become established as the name. Now, however, it still has the same name, but has recently moved down the road a bit to the Jubilee. Don't ask me why. No, really, it isn't worth it. Oh, all right, then, ask
I don't live in London. Are there any other groups? Where are they?
I don't live in London either, any more. Yes, there are other groups, in places such as Glasgow, Portsmouth, Leeds, Birmingham and Cambridge. Before you go off to Massachusetts or similar, these places are all in Britain. You want directions? You joking?
I've had a quick look, and noticed that it's full of footnotes. What does the '...' symbol mean?
Well, in purely grammatical terms, it is ellipsis(the bit when you try to mean that there was more, but you left it out). It's not important, though, as it allows you to flip deftly back to the main text, after branching out into one of the many footnotes8. Neat, huh?
Credit where credit is due...
Translation of Beer Cat Scratchings into HTML was made possible by the excellent Myrmidon, now known as GoClick! So what's in a name? These pages were made with Claris Home Page Graphic images were manipulated by GraphicConverter.
For those still keeping count, it is.... But then, there are large elements of double counting going on here.
This is deliberate.
More obligatory footnotes:
1: Always assuming, of course, that you ask the questions that there are answers to2...
2: But, of course, if you knew that, then the footnote was completely superfluous. And so, by extension, is this one. Let's stop now before the whole page disappears down a recursive plug hole...
H H Munro is a wry swine5
In case that one went straight over your head, try this for size:
Incorrible punster. Do not incorrige.
Makes you want to throw something heavy at the perpetrator, doesn't it. ...